Kitchen of the Week: Stunning Contemporary Design Meets Practical Functionality

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EXISTING KITCHEN: Lack of storage, rusted fixtures and lack of functionality were a few of many reasons why the owners of this Indianapolis riverside home decided to remodel their home. “Immediately as we stepped inside our front door, we were greeted by a cluttered office, an untidy laundry area and a very dated kitchen. The space did not give off a warm and welcoming feeling.” The couple wanted to create a more efficient entry, a place to hide their laundry and a functional yet contemporary kitchen that felt warm and inviting.

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In order to separate the laundry area from the kitchen and entryway, the previous office was transformed into an enclosed laundry room which features a modern frosted glass door. A custom storage bench with a wood top was then placed in the entry to help organize their clothing accessories.





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With the freed up space from the previous laundry closet, the area was converted into a bar using new poplar cabinetry in a tastefully contrasting “Chocolate Brown” finish. Designed to display the couple’s fine china, the upper middle cabinets feature frosted glass fronts. “Coffee Brown” granite countertops and a “Catalonia” tiled backsplash was installed in the bar and throughout kitchen which brought warmth to the space.



ISLAND: Although the existing island offered ample storage, it lacked the proper overhang for bar stools and did not offer enough countertop space for everyday purposes. To give them a multi-functional island, larger poplar cabinets were installed. Three corbels were then added to support the larger countertop overhang. By expanding the size of the island and countertop, the island now serves as a spot for cooking, eating and conversing.

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APPLIANCES: “Before we remodeled, we had a standard electric stove with an oven that we never used. Instead, we used a large toaster oven that took up a considerable amount of countertop space.”To better accommodate the homeowners’ lifestyle, an induction cooktop was added to the design of the enlarged island. A high-quality vent hood was added above the cooktop and an under-counter convection microwave was installed freeing up valuable countertop space needed for prep work.

FINISHING TOUCHES: Tying together the desired warm and contemporary style, the couple chose a heated slate floor tile in a herringbone pattern for the kitchen and adjoining rooms and selected a warming “Copper Wire” paint color for the entry and kitchen walls.

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FINAL RESULT: In combination with the new layout and upgraded materials, the couple now has a functional space that they can truly live in. “Our favorite part of the whole remodel is the vent hood. After not having one before, we truly appreciate our clothes not smelling like the prior night’s dinner. It is so functional and gives the kitchen a contemporary look. We love it.

Do you have a non-functional and dated kitchen ready for a dramatic transformation? Our talented team of designers are eager to help. Send us an email, or give us a call at 317-846-2600.


Case Exterior Project: Bringing the Outdoors Inside with Four-Season Addition


EXISTING HOME: Located in the Willows subdivision in Zionsville, the owners of this home were tired of their windy and sun exposed back patio and ready for something more functional. “Our neighborhood is still under development and there are not yet enough homes to block the strong winds coming in from the west. With the winds constantly blowing over our umbrellas, it made it impossible for us to truly enjoy our patio.” Prepared with a list of goals, the homeowners worked with their design team to create their dream indoor/outdoor space.


CONNECTIVITY: Knowing the homeowners wanted a space that connects their kitchen and basement to the backyard, a transition room was added off the kitchen with a brand new staircase leading down to the basement. Decorative glass doors were added to the existing exterior wall of the hearth room and basement. French doors were then added to the design of the transition room – which provides the perfect flow from the kitchen and basement to the backyard patio.


NATURAL LIGHT: Keeping the natural light in the existing kitchen and basement was another priority for the homeowners. In addition to the new glass doors, fixed windows were added to the existing hearth room wall, basement wall, and on the exterior wall flanking the French doors. Two large skylights were also added which beam light straight down into the basement stairwell.

So the homeowners could watch television without the nuisance of the glare from the sunlight, motorized shades from Drapery Street were installed. The motorized hardware gives the homeowners the convenience of simultaneously closing every shade at once with the click of a button. For more information on Drapery Street products, check out their website.


SUN-ROOM: The main goal of the addition was to get the “outdoor feel” without being outside. To make the room feel bright and open, casement windows were installed around the perimeter of the sun-room giving it an abundant amount of natural light while also allowing the cool breeze to fill the room when opened. Dramatic cathedral ceilings also give the room a more spacious and airy feel.


CONSISTENT INTERIOR & EXTERIOR FINISH: Several elements were included in the design of the addition to give it the desired cohesive look with the rest of the house. For example, because the original bricks on the exterior of the home were discontinued, new bricks were installed around the perimeter of the addition then tinted to perfectly match the rest of the house. The interior details were also kept consistent including the rounded wall corners, white painted trim and even the antique bronze stairwell balusters.


FINAL RESULT: With their new four season room, the homeowners are finally able to enjoy the outdoor weather without the headache of the blinding sun and strong winds. “We love using the space in the morning. We open up all of the windows, drink a cup of coffee, read the paper and listen to the birds sing. It’s the best way to ease into the day.”

For more information on this project, or to schedule a free, in-home consultation with one of our designers, send us an email, or give us a call at 317-846-2600.

5 Ways to Cool Off Your Backyard

Despite the endless amount of stormy weather, summer has officially arrived. Summer is a time of many traditions including backyard cookouts, pool parties, bonfires and beyond. What would be the fun in having a backyard that you can’t use because of the extreme heat and lack of shade? Here’s how you can cool off your backyard and get back to enjoying your summer traditions.

1. Add Shade with a Covered Porch:

IMG_7271Do you have a newer home with immature trees providing zero shade? Consider a covered porch addition. Not only does this clever addition provide a “shady” purpose, it also adds architectural interest to the back of your home. To add additional shade and create a show-stopping visual, add retractable outdoor curtains to the sides of the porch.

2. Block the Sun with a Personalized Pergola



Although they can’t shield you from the rain, pergolas are excellent sources of shade and look stunning sitting in the backyard. Deck your pergola out by adding cool light fixtures, a ceiling fan or even some fun strung lantern lights.

3. Add an Umbrella – or Two! 



Here is a simple solution to add backyard shade without having to break the bank or even swing a hammer. Umbrellas have come a long way from their original days. To keep it simple, you can add a standard patio umbrella or you could jazz it up a bit and get an over-sized suspended umbrella.

4. Add a Retractable Awning

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Don’t have an opening for an umbrella in your patio table? Don’t sweat it - retractable awnings is a great solution to this common dilemma. Coming a long way from their early hideous green days, retractable awnings can give your back porch quite the modern look. Personalize your look with a custom outdoor fabric or even motorized hardware.

5. Take the Plunge – Consider a PoolIMG_2522

Sure they are expensive and can be a maintenance headache; but there is nothing more soothing than plunging into a cool and refreshing pool – especially after mowing the lawn or after finishing a long bike ride or run. If you have the patience and resources, this backyard asset is sure to not only keep you feeling cool in the backyard, but also will keep friends and family entertained all summer.

Need some assistance creating the perfect shady spot in your backyard? We can help turn your outdoor dreams to reality. Give us a call to schedule a free, in-home, consultation to get started. Send us an email, or give us a call at 846-2600.